Project NorthStar

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BobA
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A big hello to everyone once again! I know it's been a few years since my last project tutorial - so, I hope you'll bear with me once again for my newest project:

Project NorthStar!

Jeez, sounds like something out of the Cold War, doesn't it? Anyway, let's start with a few pictures of this poor filthy thing:

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Here we go...
First, we start by removing the vent nut.

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Lift up on the vent. The entire vent, bail, globe, and globe guard lift off in one assembly.

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Pull the bail ends outward from the eyelets in the globe guard & vent to remove the bail.

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Lift off the vent.

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Now, lift the globe out of the guard. This takes care of the globe/vent assembly.

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Removing the old mantle. These seem to be much more rugged than conventional mantles. I was able to unclip the ends, carry the mantle to the trash, throw it in, and the mantle was still relatively intact.

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Next, we unclip the heat shield assembly from the burner assembly, and remove it.

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Here, I am unscrewing the burner retaining screw -

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and lifting off the burner assembly.

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Removing the Electronic Ignitor (EI) module.

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I want to point out here, that usually, the EI module should be removable without disassembly of any other part of the lantern. However, this was so corroded, and also so distorted & melted from obvious past flameups, that I couldn't budge it until after removing the burner. Even then, it was a bear to get out! Here are some more pictures showing the terrible corrosion. Some people shouldn't be allowed to own anything with batteries:

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In the previous picture, I am pulling on the battery in an attempt to separate it from the terminal spring. I actually had to dig & pry it apart with a screwdriver - that's how badly they were corroded together.

On we go...
Here, I lift out the burner bolt sleeve.

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Loosening and unscrewing the generator jamb nut

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and removing the generator.

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Now, we remove the valve knob screw,

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and the knob.

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Now the collar can be removed.

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What an awful mess:

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A combination of battery electrolyte, corrosion, stale fuel, and other assorted gunk. The picture doesn't do this mess justice.

When I first got the lantern, I thought it was going to need just a basic cleaning & polishing to get it looking good. Well, as you can see here, that went out the window really fast! Merely handling the fount caused the paint to start coming off in large chunks! Repaint time!

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Actually, after getting the paint stripped off, I was glad that this happened. Parts of the bottom & the rim had started rusting pretty well. Still a surface rust, but pretty severe in spots. I'm glad I got it sanded out, primed with rust-resistant primer, and new paint. It should be good now for many more years!

Now we loosen & remove the valve from the fount. Count the number of turns to unscrew & remove, so you can put it back in to the proper depth later.

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At this point, I go through the citric acid soak of most components. I've described this process in my other projects, so no need to rehash it here. Also, although not pictured, both the F/A tube & the Schrader valve looked brand new. Blew out the inside of the tube with carb cleaner spray, just to be certain. Here are the brass parts after the soak & light polishing:

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The burner parts:

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OK, time to re-assemble. Here's the repainted fount:

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Put a little sealer (I use Permatex #2) on the threads of the valve and screw it into the fount the same number of turns that you counted when you removed it earlier.

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Now I install the fount base foot ring. This is a tight fit! I was sweating bullets that this would rip off all my new paint, but thankfully, it didn't put a scratch in it!

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Install the generator & tighten the jamb nut.

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Now we put on the burner bolt sleeve.

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Time to re-install the collar. First, I want to include a couple of photos of the original collar.

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As you can see, it is severely corroded on the bottom, with even more corrosion bubbling up under the paint. To fix this properly would have involved stripping the paint, wire brushing & neutralizing the corrosion, finding a close paint match, & repainting. After a little checking, I found that the cost of a new collar is actually less than a spray can of the closest matching paint that I could find. I ordered a new collar!

Installing it -

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Installing the burner assembly.

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Now the burner retaining bolt -

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Install & clip in the heat shield assembly:

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Now, the valve knob & screw.

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Here is the new E.I. module that I ordered:

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A new, fresh battery installed (which, of course, will be removed when I shelve the lantern).

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Installing the module!

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A bit tough to see in the photo, but 'tis producing a nice blue spark!

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You'll remember from the first photos that this lantern was missing the pump when I acquired her. So here's a brand new one...

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...all oiled up...

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...and ready to go!

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The original fuel cap's gasket has a slight ridge, but is still very pliable and seals well, so, no need to mess with it.

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Now, we attach the new mantle at the top.

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Same at the bottom, keeping the red line straight.

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Burning it in!

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Now, to reassemble the globe/vent assembly, lower the globe into the guard,

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replace the vent, lining up the vent eyelets with those on the guard.

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Insert the ends of the bail into the vent & guard eyelets.

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All set to install on the lantern.

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Lower the assembly onto the burner & collar, making sure that the front bottom tip of the guard fits into the little notch that is in the collar.

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Assembly is now complete!

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Now, we light her up...Voila!

Here she is on High:

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Here it is set to a Low setting:

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I have to say that bec
ause of the automatic exposure circuits of these modern cameras, neither of the two previous photos does the burn of this thing justice. The High setting is much, much brighter than the photo appears, and the Low setting is far dimmer than the photo appears. After taking a reading in a normally lighted part of the area and then moving to the burner I was able to get a more properly exposed photo of the lantern on High.

This is far closer to how the burn actually appears to the naked eye:

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I am in the process of attempting to get both fount labels reproduced. If & when I receive them, I will apply them and add those photos here...

...and, so I worked with Fred Kuntz to get the labels reproduced, and about six weeks later - here is the completed lantern:

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THE END!

 

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Wow! Great tutorial, you put a lot of work into this post and the lantern. Great job!
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Great job Bob, now all I have to do is find a NorthStar! [smile]
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Great tutorial Bob. Now I need to actually get a Northstar!

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looks great. Order you a new decal to make it look original and she'll be good to go for years.
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Perfection! Outstanding! Excellent!



That Northstar lantern looks even better than new, way to go!

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Applause!!!!! Clap/Clap/Clap!!!!!!!
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Really good job. There shouldn't be many questions about how to take apart a NS after this!
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Nice tutorial, Bob!

May I move it to the How-To forum in a few days?

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Murff wrote: Nice tutorial, Bob!

May I move it to the How-To forum in a few days?

Murff

Absolutely, Murff - and thank you!

Also - Thanks to everyone for the kind words!


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Nice work. I too got rid of the idiot sticker. I went with a different paint scheme:

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You found a stray and gave him a new home. This ones in good hands now. Great work on this post!
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Great work and great photos Bob! That's one for the Archives!
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Very good Bob. Great breakdown and how-to.
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Very nice work!! Now to find a CF Northstar in the wild. So far, only profane. Always wondered how they came apart.
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Nice work, and pictures.

That lantern sure went through some abuse. I have found lanterns 3-4 times as old, and not as beat up like that.
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Great HOW TO essay and very good pictures. I like how it turned out.

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